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1930

From the early 1920s, builders had valued the qualities of local clay in making construction brick. Messrs. Smit and Reifenrath opened a brink manufacturing business in June. They located it on 58 acres of land on Peden Hill, placing the brick plant "where the stream crosses." Using a small kiln, the first production was 5,000 common bricks. Once a larger kiln was installed, production increased to 25,000 bricks every two weeks.

Dehydrated produce was in high demand during the 1930s. Local newspaper advertisements proclaimed the virtues of buying products like Apple Flakes. Touted as a modern convenience, the product ads read "Peeled, cored and sliced, evaporated by a new process which retains the original flavour of the apple. Each packet makes three large pies. All the flavour and goodness of fresh picked apples." Convenience was offered in a package that sold for 25 cents.

In the federal election, the dominant issues were the creation of employment and the need for paying relief to the unemployed. The local conservative candidate, John Fraser, was elected M.P. as Richard B. Bennett's Conservatives defeated the Liberal government of Mackenzie-King.

By the fall, the numbers of hungry and homeless people became more visible. Men arrived after riding the rails up the line to Prince George looking for handouts of food and any offer of employment. Large numbers ended up living around the shacks in the Island Cache. The City responded by creating some work projects which received half their funding from the provincial and federal governments.

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